mediate

[ verb mee-dee-eyt; adjective mee-dee-it ]
/ verb ˈmi diˌeɪt; adjective ˈmi di ɪt /

verb (used with object), me·di·at·ed, me·di·at·ing.

to settle (disputes, strikes, etc.) as an intermediary between parties; reconcile.
to bring about (an agreement, accord, truce, peace, etc.) as an intermediary between parties by compromise, reconciliation, removal of misunderstanding, etc.
to effect (a result) or convey (a message, gift, etc.) by or as if by an intermediary.

verb (used without object), me·di·at·ed, me·di·at·ing.

to act between parties to effect an agreement, compromise, reconciliation, etc.
to occupy an intermediate place or position.

adjective

acting through, dependent on, or involving an intermediate agency; not direct or immediate.

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Origin of mediate

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Late Latin mediātus, past participle of mediāre “to be in the middle, intercede”; see medium, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM mediate

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Example sentences from the Web for mediate

  • The writer wants to believe his genius is arriving, pristine, unmediated, to his readers all over the world.

    The Best of Brit Lit|Peter Stothard|April 28, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • Readers, wherever they are from, want to feel that they are in direct, unmediated contact with greatness.

    The Best of Brit Lit|Peter Stothard|April 28, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • But at the end we must confess that the notion of real cognition involves an unmediated dualism of the knower and the known.

    The Meaning of Truth|William James
  • Whatever his religion, he is morally authorised to labour against these unmediated evils with the heartiest intolerance.

British Dictionary definitions for mediate

mediate

verb (ˈmiːdɪˌeɪt)

adjective (ˈmiːdɪɪt)

Derived forms of mediate

Word Origin for mediate

C16: from Late Latin mediāre to be in the middle
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Medical definitions for mediate

mediate
[ mēdē-āt′ ]

v.

To effect or convey as an intermediate agent or mechanism.

adj.

Being in a middle position.
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Scientific definitions for mediate

mediate
[ mēdē-āt′ ]

To effect or convey a force between subatomic particles. The gauge bosons, for example, mediate the four fundamental forces of nature.
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